News from NHS Networks: 21 October

David Flory, deputy NHS chief executive, has written to the health service, and directors of adult social services, about publication of an early draft of the PbR guidance for 2012/13 for working age adults and older people.
 
A review of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) recommends that it must continue its work to improve services, ensuring that blood supplies are used appropriately, efficiently and safely.
 
Health staff who raise concerns about poor patient care will be protected in the future, under changes to the NHS constitution announced this week.
 
The government has set out a new vision for volunteering in health and social care.
 
Many NHS hospitals will struggle to deliver productivity improvements essential to maintaining quality and avoiding significant cuts to services, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report from the King’s Fund.
 
The Department of Health has issued guidance on records management for those NHS organisations who will be going through a period of transition or organisational change.
 
Following recent discussions on governance arrangements of PCT clusters, Jim Easton, national director for improvement and efficiency, wrote to chief executives setting out conclusions of the NHS Management Board.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme has supported the Bereavement Services Association and PCC in the publication of When a Person Dies: Guidance for Professionals on Developing Bereavement Services.
 
The winners of a competition to identify outcomes indicators for stroke recovery, and children and young people’s experience of healthcare, have been announced.
 
CQC published a report into the standards of care that older people receive in hospital – and calls for a system-wide response to combat the failings identified.
 
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